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2014-03-31 07:48:57 PM  
i have a friend who won a reasonably impressive amount on a scratch-off, immediately went to a friend's house, and found him dead. luck is fickle.
 
2014-03-31 07:52:37 PM  
Back in the early 90s I knew a couple of gas station attendants who would scan the barcode on the back of the scratch tickets, buy the winners, and then just put the rest back in for the public to buy. They did pretty well for themselves.

I'm pretty sure there are safeguards against that now.

/DNRTFA
 
2014-03-31 07:55:01 PM  
Wonder how much they spent on lottery tickets?
 
2014-03-31 08:28:33 PM  
Random chance is random.
 
2014-03-31 09:09:03 PM  
Defying odds, the couple won another $1 million on a scratcher ticket the following day. 'Can we have that in Lottery tickets?,' Calvin Spencer said.
 
2014-03-31 09:09:51 PM  

unlikely: Back in the early 90s I knew a couple of gas station attendants who would scan the barcode on the back of the scratch tickets, buy the winners, and then just put the rest back in for the public to buy. They did pretty well for themselves.

I'm pretty sure there are safeguards against that now.

/DNRTFA


You also have to scratch off the ticket to get numbers or another barcode to enter/scan.

Just scanning the back would do nothing.
 
2014-03-31 09:10:53 PM  
They'll be divorced, bankrupt and broke in under 2 years.
 
2014-03-31 09:12:43 PM  
koti.mbnet.fi
 
2014-03-31 09:12:46 PM  
Considering even after they hit it big once, they kept playing the lottery, I'm not expecting that money to last long. I'll bet within five years much of their winnings will be gone.
 
2014-03-31 09:19:05 PM  
That guy is really bad at math.
 
2014-03-31 09:21:44 PM  
That last sentence says it all. 'We are not done yet'. Well, you should learn the saying 'quit while you are ahead'. I know a real lottery winner. He is my ex-wife's uncle won a $3.5 million in the Megabucks in the 1980's. He weighs close to 375 pounds now, is divorced and is on state aid in Florida. Money can fix some things but it can't ever be a substitute for basic common sense.
 
2014-03-31 09:21:46 PM  
'We're not finished yet,' Calvin Spencer said.

And that's the moment that decided the fate of all your prior winnings.
 
2014-03-31 09:23:42 PM  
I assume this guy is either a mathematician or statistician.

/DRTFA
 
2014-03-31 09:23:43 PM  
they could buy Portsmouth with their winnings
 
2014-03-31 09:23:54 PM  
Well, when you start counting the smaller prizes, below the jackpot level, the odds get better. But not for you. I can confidently say you will not win two million dollar lotteries and a pick 4 in a month.
 
2014-03-31 09:25:27 PM  

TheCheese: Random chance is random.


Except that many lottery game (e.g., scratch-off tickets) are NOT random.  They games are rigged to look random to the typical un-mathemacated person.
 
2014-03-31 09:40:00 PM  
static2.nydailynews.com

Where was this photo taken? Inside a quick-e-mart?

Hope they use the money wisely and buy lots of hookers, blow and bling
 
2014-03-31 09:40:01 PM  
They call that Whitey Bulger lucky.........
 
2014-03-31 09:44:26 PM  

FizixJunkee: Except that many lottery game (e.g., scratch-off tickets) are NOT random. They games are rigged to look random to the typical un-mathemacated person.


I'm hip; I was appalled when I learned that my state keeps scratch-off tickets in circulation until their expiration date, even when ALL the prize-winners have been claimed. (This means that, for some games, there is -no- chance that you will win late in the game's life-cycle.)
 
2014-03-31 09:48:25 PM  

maverickpace: I know a real lottery winner. He is my ex-wife's uncle won a $3.5 million in the Megabucks in the 1980's. He weighs close to 375 pounds now, is divorced and is on state aid in Florida. Money can fix some things but it can't ever be a substitute for basic common sense.


An uncle of mine hit the Megamillions for something like $74 million a few years ago. No, I'm not close enough family to rate a taste of any of that - and besides, he's got about 20 grandchildren. After all the taxes and putting enough aside to cover retirement and so forth for himself and his wife...all the kids are set in terms of college and getting started in life, but they'll still have to go out and work for a living after grandpa's gone.
 
2014-03-31 09:48:52 PM  
inb4 shiatstorm
 
2014-03-31 09:50:10 PM  
I read somewhere that he drives a DeLorean
 
2014-03-31 09:54:50 PM  
I want to know what hyena chewed off this guy's genitals.
 
2014-03-31 09:58:24 PM  
I saw another article about this. It points pout that the pick-4 prize was actually a $5,000 win, but he had 10 tickets with the same number combo. So he ended up wining $50k.

Who ythe hell buys ten identical tickets?
 
2014-03-31 10:00:06 PM  
tvmedia.ign.com

Crossroads demons are entities that make formal agreements or bargains with humans, granting any wish in exchange for claiming their life and soul at a fixed point in the future. Deals made with humans are sealed with a kiss, and contracts are written invisibly on the skin of the person. They tend to have red eyes. When the person dies either before his or her time, or is killed by a hellhound at the end of the appointed period, his or her soul is sent to hell. Terms of the demonic contracts vary, but the person selling his or her soul is usually given ten years to live after the deal is made.

A crossroads demon is typically summoned by burying a container of ritual items, including a photograph of the summoner, graveyard dirt, a black cat bone, and yarrow at the center of a crossroads.
 
2014-03-31 10:05:37 PM  
'We're not finished yet,' Calvin Spencer said.

Yes.  Yes you are.
 
2014-03-31 10:09:10 PM  

NeoCortex42: I saw another article about this. It points pout that the pick-4 prize was actually a $5,000 win, but he had 10 tickets with the same number combo. So he ended up wining $50k.

Who ythe hell buys ten identical tickets?


A lot of people do. Mostly those who play daily and play the same number every day.

/hey, you never know!
//Just a dollar and a dream.
 
2014-03-31 10:12:16 PM  

Randal2477: NeoCortex42: I saw another article about this. It points pout that the pick-4 prize was actually a $5,000 win, but he had 10 tickets with the same number combo. So he ended up wining $50k.

Who ythe hell buys ten identical tickets?

A lot of people do. Mostly those who play daily and play the same number every day.

/hey, you never know!
//Just a dollar and a dream.


I can understand playing the same numbers every day, but ten times on the same day?  I'd be really curious what their lottery budget must be.
 
2014-03-31 10:17:16 PM  

maverickpace: That last sentence says it all. 'We are not done yet'. Well, you should learn the saying 'quit while you are ahead'. I know a real lottery winner. He is my ex-wife's uncle won a $3.5 million in the Megabucks in the 1980's. He weighs close to 375 pounds now, is divorced and is on state aid in Florida. Money can fix some things but it can't ever be a substitute for basic common sense.


MONEY?
MEH

lottery = moron
Winning the lottery means that you are now a moron with money.
TADA

this couple will be a perfect example of that
 
2014-03-31 10:21:47 PM  

NeoCortex42: Randal2477: NeoCortex42: I saw another article about this. It points pout that the pick-4 prize was actually a $5,000 win, but he had 10 tickets with the same number combo. So he ended up wining $50k.

Who ythe hell buys ten identical tickets?

A lot of people do. Mostly those who play daily and play the same number every day.

/hey, you never know!
//Just a dollar and a dream.

I can understand playing the same numbers every day, but ten times on the same day?  I'd be really curious what their lottery budget must be.


One group I see doing that a lot is seniors. I guess they figure if they hit it, might as well go for broke. I've seen grandma/grandpa plunk down 100+ a day multiple days in a row, not counting scratchers. Pensions and SS. Then they win.

Quick /csb:

One of them I've seen do that was the guy who played the angry video store customer in Clerks. He's at Quick Stop a lot.
 
2014-03-31 10:21:52 PM  
I understand the Gambler's Fallacy principle.  But when I read the stories about the winners, they are always heavy weekly, even daily players, and have been buying tickets for years and years. At the liquor store, you can see raggedy-ass people betting fifty bucks a week and more on those lotto tickets. They must spend thousands chasing millions.  And yet, they DO win. roughly one a month.  I'm still trying to decide if they're idiots for playing, or if I am, for not.
 
2014-03-31 10:28:11 PM  

Dadoody: [tvmedia.ign.com image 460x305]

Crossroads demons are entities that make formal agreements or bargains with humans, granting any wish in exchange for claiming their life and soul at a fixed point in the future. Deals made with humans are sealed with a kiss, and contracts are written invisibly on the skin of the person. They tend to have red eyes. When the person dies either before his or her time, or is killed by a hellhound at the end of the appointed period, his or her soul is sent to hell. Terms of the demonic contracts vary, but the person selling his or her soul is usually given ten years to live after the deal is made.

A crossroads demon is typically summoned by burying a container of ritual items, including a photograph of the summoner, graveyard dirt, a black cat bone, and yarrow at the center of a crossroads.


lol, wut?
 
2014-03-31 10:29:07 PM  
i was once at the casino, had lost my entire paycheck like a loser.

heading out i pass a roulette table where it hits 18 and all these people are screaming happiness.


i think i might have had five bucks left and would have put it in if i could have, but the inside table was already filled with players.


so the roulette wheel goes around again....and it's 18!!


everybody is farking happy and excited and i'm standing there all broke and doomed.


the wheel spins around one more time and whaddaya know?  18!!!


*
it can certainly happen three times, and not even in a month, but in a row.

/just not for me
//king of losers
 
2014-03-31 10:33:43 PM  

Any Pie Left: I understand the Gambler's Fallacy principle.  But when I read the stories about the winners, they are always heavy weekly, even daily players, and have been buying tickets for years and years. At the liquor store, you can see raggedy-ass people betting fifty bucks a week and more on those lotto tickets. They must spend thousands chasing millions.  And yet, they DO win. roughly one a month.  I'm still trying to decide if they're idiots for playing, or if I am, for not.


Heard stories of the opposite : non-gamblers buying a ticket just for the heck of it, then winning. They tend not to talk about those much... The gambling "whales" get discouraged or even angry.
 
2014-03-31 10:39:00 PM  

ReapTheChaos: They'll be divorced, bankrupt and broke in under 2 years.


Taking my cue from the comments section under TFA....

THAT'S RACIST!
 
2014-03-31 10:54:27 PM  

SevenizGud: ReapTheChaos: They'll be divorced, bankrupt and broke in under 2 years.

Taking my cue from the comments section under TFA....

THAT'S RACIST!


Reparations, mofo!!
 
2014-03-31 11:07:11 PM  

fusillade762: Wonder how much they spent on lottery tickets?


Exactly.

They still got very lucky, obviously.  But - winning a million dollars in the lottery is not quite so unlikely when you spend thousands or tens of thousands of dollars a year on tickets.  When you consider that there may be a million people out there around the world who spend thousands of dollars a year on the lottery, inevitably you're going to have people who have won multiple times.
 
2014-03-31 11:10:40 PM  
The only thing I ever win are door prizes at baby showers.

I hope that guy quits playing the lotto now and learns about saving/investing.
 
2014-03-31 11:12:20 PM  

unlikely: Back in the early 90s I knew a couple of gas station attendants who would scan the barcode on the back of the scratch tickets, buy the winners, and then just put the rest back in for the public to buy. They did pretty well for themselves.

I'm pretty sure there are safeguards against that now.

/DNRTFA


When I was young, a lot of tickets in Canada were in foil packs so people couldn't tamper with them and pick out the winners. I always wondered if I could figure out the winner by looking at the sealing pattern on the foil.

Fast forward about twenty years and one of my instructors, who used to work in the lottery business (he helped with the advertising slogans), talked about how they got a call one day by a guy who said he could pick out the winning packs. They thought he was joking, but he came in and they tested him. He just pointed and said, "That one, that one and that one." They checked and he had picked the winners - and was able to repeat it with 100% accuracy.

The guy told them it was a pattern on the foil; the winners had a different pattern. They thought that wasn't possible because the tickets came from the same factory. They called the factory and the manager explained to them that the winning tickets were sealed by a different machine from the non-winners. The sealing patterns between the two identical pack sealing machines was different enough to be noticeable.

Fortunately, the only person who had apparently spotted this was the guy who called them. They checked the winners list and no unusual number of repeat winners showed up and no unusual numbers of winners in a specific area were noticed.

I was just a kid and didn't really have time to stare at these foil packs (I was way too young to buy them anyway), but I guess this guy did. I found it funny that my theory actually MAY have worked - who knows? Maybe they had changed the packaging procedure by then.
 
2014-03-31 11:32:10 PM  
The only image I could find

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2014-03-31 11:39:14 PM  

davynelson: i was once at the casino, had lost my entire paycheck like a loser.

heading out i pass a roulette table where it hits 18 and all these people are screaming happiness.


i think i might have had five bucks left and would have put it in if i could have, but the inside table was already filled with players.


so the roulette wheel goes around again....and it's 18!!


everybody is farking happy and excited and i'm standing there all broke and doomed.


the wheel spins around one more time and whaddaya know?  18!!!


*
it can certainly happen three times, and not even in a month, but in a row.

/just not for me
//king of losers


This too, shall pass.
 
2014-04-01 12:01:44 AM  
Friend of a person that works/owns a convenience store?
 
2014-04-01 12:03:16 AM  

NeoCortex42: Randal2477: NeoCortex42: I saw another article about this. It points pout that the pick-4 prize was actually a $5,000 win, but he had 10 tickets with the same number combo. So he ended up wining $50k.

Who ythe hell buys ten identical tickets?

A lot of people do. Mostly those who play daily and play the same number every day.

/hey, you never know!
//Just a dollar and a dream.

I can understand playing the same numbers every day, but ten times on the same day?  I'd be really curious what their lottery budget must be.


I managed a 24/7 gas station for a bit about 15 years ago, and we sold the shiat out of lottery tickets.  Some days we'd have people buy $200-400 of them.  Scratch offs were the most common binge tickets, but some people bought the same pick 3 or pick 4 numbers 5 or 10 times, every single day.  These same people bought $10-20 of the NY Lottery (at the time there was no Powerball or Mega Millions) twice a week also usually.

They were of all backgrounds, but the most common thing they had in common was that they were poor.  Like, obviously poor.  They'd come in and buy Ice House for $2.49/6 pack (Budweiser was $5.29 at the time, if that helps with inflation.)  They'd buy Basic cigarettes with nickles and pennies.  Some would get really sad they could only play $3 on their numbers that day, scared that it was their lucky day when they were buying lottery tickets with the $3 they found in the couch that day.

There were others who were interesting.  There were quite a few old people who bought the same tickets over and over because they were senile.  Not joking, they'd tell me about why they played the same numbers every time five times some days, even after I'd let them know they'd already bought their ticket that day.  They were certain they had not, and I learned quickly that arguing with one of the people from the "retirement community" down the street wasn't worth it.

One of those guys had his numbers come up but nobody could find his tickets.  He bought the same ticket at least 5 times, so it was probably worth $30,000, but the nice part was he didn't remember winning either.

The scratch it players were a different type.  Many of them were drunk every time they came in, but some were just lonely and used it as an excuse to hang out with the dude at the gas station for an hour while buying 10 or 50 tickets and just chatting about whatever came into their heads.  They were usually the ones it was easiest to be nice to, since they were typically the most pathetic.  They were nice, but damn their problems were weird.  Probably half could have been diagnosed as mentally ill.

It's even sadder in Oregon where we have video lottery in almost every bar in the state.  Having gotten to know the people who play it, most are either retired with a bigass pension and nothing to do but drink cheap beer and play penny slots, a few mentally ill people who are very willing to talk about what meds they're on and for what disorders, and the really unfortunate obviously so addicted to gambling that they just put their entire paycheck into a machine the night they got it.
 
2014-04-01 12:04:12 AM  
Years ago I worked with a guy who hated his job so much that somtimes he had to pull over on the way to work and throw up. Both of his brothers won over a million in the lottery and this poor guy still had to go to the same miserable job every day. Now that's luck.
 
2014-04-01 12:06:08 AM  

unlikely: Back in the early 90s I knew a couple of gas station attendants who would scan the barcode on the back of the scratch tickets, buy the winners, and then just put the rest back in for the public to buy. They did pretty well for themselves.

I'm pretty sure there are safeguards against that now.


By the late 90's you had to uncover a four digit code from under the scratch surface plus scan it to find out.
 
2014-04-01 01:34:03 AM  

Craw Fu: Years ago I worked with a guy who hated his job so much that somtimes he had to pull over on the way to work and throw up. Both of his brothers won over a million in the lottery and this poor guy still had to go to the same miserable job every day. Now that's luck.


Maybe he was a total bastard in a past life and its Karma being a biatch. Like Hitler in a past life.
 
2014-04-01 06:24:29 AM  
I like the check in the photo. It has a real "aaahh fark it. That's good enough" quality to it.

Someone got paid to make that failure pile.
 
2014-04-01 08:41:26 AM  

fusillade762: Wonder how much they spent on lottery tickets?


this
your chances of winning are always low, but the more tickets you buy, the more chances you have.
 
2014-04-01 10:09:26 AM  

ReapTheChaos: They'll be divorced, bankrupt and broke in under 2 years.


The line between racist and predictable is indeed gossamer.
 
2014-04-01 12:06:13 PM  

icam: You also have to scratch off the ticket to get numbers or another barcode to enter/scan.


So yes, a new safeguard since then.
 
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